Here’s an interesting market share analysis by Gartner that was published a few months ago: http://www.gartner.com/technology/reprints.do?id=1-1GUZA31&ct=130703&st=sb. It looks like EMC and NetApp rule the market, with EMC on top. Below are the key findings copied from the linked article.
- EMC and NetApp retained almost 80% of the market. They were separated by more than $2 billion in revenue from IBM and HP, their next two largest competitors.
- No. 1 EMC grew its overall network-attached storage (NAS)/unified storage share to 47.9% (up from 41.7% in 2011), while No. 2 NetApp’s overall NAS/unified storage share dropped to 30.3% (down from 36% in 2011).
- In the overall NAS/unified storage share ranking, the positions of the nine named vendors remained unchanged in 2012 (in order of share rank: EMC, NetApp, IBM, HP, Oracle, Netgear, Dell, Hitachi/Hitachi Data Systems and Fujitsu).
- For the fifth consecutive year, iSCSI storage area network (SAN) revenue and Fibre Channel SAN revenue continued to gain proportionate share in the overall NAS/unified market.
- The “pure NAS” market continues to grow at a much faster rate (15.9%) than the overall external controller-based (ECB) block-access market (2.3%), in large part due to the expanding NAS support of growing vertical applications and virtualization.